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Recycle Bin

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by kenand, Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. kenand

    kenand Thread Starter

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    After restarting my pc after a little clean up all the icons are missing from the desktop. i can access all my programs through the windows task manager but cannot find or open the recycle bin to find the deleted files. Is there a line you can type in using the windows task manager to allow me to open the recycle bin. Any help would be gratefully received.
    I am using windows XP.
     
  2. stantley

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    Show hidden files and folders and uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files'.

    Go to C:\RECYCLER and it's subdirectory and you see the files in the recycle bin.

    You can right-click on a file to restore or delete to delete permanently.
     
  3. kenand

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    Thank you for your help but unfortunately my pc wont open windows explorer or the recycle bin by typing in at the windows task manager. I have tried to restore to an earlier point but all the restore points before this happened have also gone. should i bite the bullet and reinstall windows?
     
  4. stantley

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    What you're describing could very well be the result of a virus. Post a HijackThis log on the Malware Removal forum just to make sure.

    Go to this site http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/threat_analytics/hijackthis.php?page=download.

    Click on 'Download HijackThis Installer'.

    *Save HJTInstall.exe to your desktop, or to the location where you normally download.
    *Doubleclick on HJTInstall.exe.
    *Click on Install.
    *By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.
    *Once installed, it will launch Hijackthis.
    *Click on the 'Do a system scan and save a logfile button'. It will scan and the log will open in notepad.
    *Click Save to save the log file.
    *Click on 'Edit > Select All' then click on 'Edit > Copy' (or Ctrl-C) to copy the entire contents of the log.
    *Start a new thread and Paste (or Ctrl-V) the log.

    *DO NOT have Hijackthis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
     
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